31 March 2015




My nephew's naughty little hand helping me during the shoot :) 

I was inspired to make this ice cream after I went to the a gelateria in Eindhoven centrum with my sister and my nephew. My nephew always orders the chocolate ice cream, my sister gets the pistachio and I'm always undecided (my favorite ice cream is cookies and cream, too bad they don't have too much of it in Holland).  I made this around summer holiday last year, around the time when I made my durian ice cream. I was on an ice cream craze! This one is slowly becoming my favorite! I made it two other times after this shoot.. 
I'm trying out a new posting schedule for my blog, since I'm busy at school, I'm posting every 4 or 5 days and I post alternately, one post for food/dishes and the other is for desserts and sweets! Enjoy reading!

  • 1 sauce pan
  • Hand mixer
  • Blender 
  • Ice cream machine
  • 350 ml milk
  • 150 ml heavy cream 
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 200 gr sugar
  • 300 gr unsalted pistachio nuts
  • 1 vanilla pod, seeded
  • 200 ml cream, whipped with a sprinkle of sugar 
  • In a saucepan, add in the milk, heavy cream, pistachio nuts and vanilla. With a medium heat warm the milk until bubbles appear on the side of the pan. Remove the pan from the heat, let the milk infuse for 20 - 30 minutes. 
  • Whip 200 ml of cream until stiff peak and set aside in the fridge.
  • After the milk mixture has cooled down a bit, blend it with a blender to your desired consistency. I like to still be able to feel and bite the pistachio, so I don't blend the nuts too finely. 
  • In another bowl, whisk the eggs, yolks and sugar until the mixture is thick and pale. Gradually add the milk from the blender, mix well. 
  • Pour the mixture back into the saucepan, stir continuously and cook the mixture until it reaches 70 degree Celsius or until it coats a wooden spoon. 
  • Let the mixture cool, outside for 20 minutes and refrigerate it for 1 - 2 hours. If you have cooking thermometer, I find it best to let the mixture to cool them until 5 - 10 degree Celsius. If you have space, put it in your freezer, it will speed up the cooling process.
  • When the mixture is cooled, fold in whipped cream and mix well. 
  • Prepare your ice cream machine and pour the mixture in. Churn for maximum 45 minutes. 
  • After you finish churning, move the ice cream mixture to an ice cream box and let it set in the freezer for another at least 4 hours. 


  1. This is one recipe to save. Also very impressed by your photos. Great Job!

  2. This sounds so refreshing! I've bookmarked this recipe to make.

  3. Yum. This looks delicious. Can't wait to make it.

  4. Your photos are beautiful, and the pistachio ice cream was a good idea! I've thought about tinkering with a pistachio ice cream recipe, but I wasn't sure how I'd like it.

    1. You should try it! It does not taste like the ones sold in gelateria (I was surprised!) I realized that maybe they used artificial flavoring..

  5. This is GORGEOUS! Lovely photos, and lovely ice cream! Looks absolutely delicious.

  6. I love pistachios and I love pistachio ice-cream. I love how green it is! I've made a few things at home with pistachio pastes etc and I'm always a bit disappointed that they didn't turn out more green :-)

    This looks delicious. I could eat some right now.

    1. Thanks Angela! I have to be honest, I played with the colors a little bit while editing, but not that much :P The ice cream turned a bit pale, but the greenish hues come from the grated pistachios.

  7. This looks beautiful, Olivia! I bet it tastes incredible, too. Such a delicious idea, and I love your photography! Yummed. :)

  8. Sounds so interesting. Very nice

  9. Pistachio Ice Cream used to be my favorite as a kid... and now I can make it at home?!? YES!

  10. I'm a big fan of pistachio ice cream. I like your idea of rolling the balls in crushed nuts. Now, if only I could perfect the art of rolling perfect ice cream balls.

  11. Again, I'm brought back to this wonderful pistachio ice cream! It looks so good.

  12. Wow! I love everything about pistachio ice-cream! On a side note, can I have that red handled grater for my collection? ;)

  13. I am totally addicted to pistachio ice cream, and your version sounds amazing! Great photos as well btw!!

  14. These look amazing Olivia! I would definitely be trying these soon! Off to save this recipe! :-)

  15. Great recipe! And certainly something I'd love to try my hand at soon :)
    Thank you!

  16. I love pistachios! Adding this to my to try list!


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